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  1. Pitfalls of Medicare Advantage Plans

    A Medicare Advantage plan may help you lower health costs not covered by Medicare. But there are definite tradeoffs, compared ...
  2. 3 Reasons To Be Flexible When Investing For Retirement

    Retirement investing can't be something you set and forget. If you aren't flexible, you could end up with a savings shortfall, ...
  3. Making Spousal IRA Contributions

    Eligibility requirements, contribution limits and tax deductions all change with one little ring.
  4. Tax-Saving Advice for IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  5. Should You Let Your 401(k) Be Managed by Vanguard?

    Find out if Vanguard's reputation and track record as a 401(k) plan provider is as stellar as its reputation and track record ...
  6. Introduction to Social Security

    You've probably contributed to this fund, but will you reap the benefits? Find out here.
  7. 3 Ways to Get Social Security Benefits

    Social Security isn't just for retirement. Learn about all three benefits provided by the Social Security Administration: ...
  8. 10 Common Questions About Social Security

    Find out everything you need to know about this program.
  9. SIMPLE IRA Contribution Limits in 2016

    Learn the SIMPLE IRA contribution limits for 2016, with a brief summary of how the plan works, including eligibility and ...
  10. Is ConocoPhillips Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (COP)

    Learn more about ConocoPhillips, one of the strongest companies in the oil sector, and whether it would be a suitable addition ...
  11. How to Delay Drawing Down on Investments in Retirement

    Retirement lasts a long time so you want to make your savings last. Thankfully there's lot of ways to do it, from curbing ...
  12. Options for Your 401(k) at Retirement

    What to do with your 401(k) could be your most critical financial decision for retirement. Look at your entire financial ...
  13. IRA Contribution Limits in 2016

    Find out about the 2016 limits for contributions and income thresholds for individual retirement accounts, including traditional ...
  14. SEP IRA Limits in 2016

    Discover the SEP IRA limits for 2016. Included is a summary, plans that would be ideal candidates for SEP IRAs, and contribution ...
  15. 4 Unusual Ways to Boost Social Security Benefits

    Working the system to get the highest legal Social Security benefits just got harder. Two long-time benefits strategies expired ...
  16. Top 5 Franklin Templeton for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Discover the best Franklin Templeton mutual plans for diversifying your retirement savings, and learn the best strategy for ...
  17. Roth IRA Contribution Limits in 2016

    Discover the benefits of Roth IRA accounts and how much you can contribute for your retirement. Learn which IRA plan is best ...
  18. Is Alcatel-Lucent Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (ALU)

    Learn about whether Alcatel-Lucent is better as a retirement investment in a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. Find out about ...
  19. The 3 Best Social Security Calculators For 2016

    Find out how to analyze your Social Security benefits under different retirement scenarios using multifunctional online Social ...
  20. 3 Mutual Funds That Are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016

    Find out which three mutual funds offer the best combination of consistent performance and low cost for your retirement income ...
  21. The 401(k) Plans That Vanguard Offers

    Find out what you need to know about Vanguard's 401(k) plan offerings to large and small businesses and what makes them so ...
  22. 401(k) Contribution Limits in 2016

    Find out what the contribution limits are for 401(k) retirement savings plans in 2016, including individual, employer and ...
  23. The Top 5 Retirement Income Equity Mutual Funds for 2016

    Find out the top five retirement income-equity mutual funds for generating solid total returns for your retirement-income ...
  24. Top 5 Oppenheimer Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Discover the top five Oppenheimer Funds for diversifying your retirement savings. Learn how to balance your portfolio for ...
  25. Is a Vanguard Traditional IRA Account Right For You?

    Discover the characteristics that make an investment company ideal for IRA accounts, and learn about how well Vanguard fits ...
  26. 3 ETFs that are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016 (SCHZ, VYM)

    Look at three ETFs that retirees or near-retirees should consider heading into 2016, and why it's important to consider both ...
  27. Is Costco Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (COST)

    Understand why shares of Costco are better suited for investments in a traditional individual retirement account as opposed ...
  28. Active vs. Passive Investing During Your Retirement Years

    How these two investing approaches work – and how to decide which best suits your precious nest egg.
  29. Should I Invest in Bonds During My Retirement?

    Yes, retirees should invest in bonds, but remember that not all bonds are safe investments. Seek the help of a financial ...
  30. Why Retirees Can't Count on Muni Bonds

    Interest may not be tax-exempt for seniors with Medicare or Social Security benefits.
  31. Is Rite Aid Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (RAD)

    Find out if Rite Aid stock is suitable for an IRA investment. Learn about RAD's financial outlook and whether a traditional ...
  32. Is Apple Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (AAPL)

    Discover the taxation structures of traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, and five reasons why Apple is a suitable stock to add ...
  33. 3 REITs that Are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016 (HCP, O)

    Learn more about three real estate investment trusts (REITs) that would be the best bets for boosting your retirement income ...
  34. Should I Invest in Mutual Funds During Retirement?

    The pros and cons of using mutual funds as the investment vehicle of choice for your post-career portfolio.
  35. Is Cisco Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (CSCO)

    Learn about long-term prospects for Cisco shares and the general investment thesis. Find out if the stock is better suited ...
  36. Succession Planning for Your Small Business

    If you want to start finding trusted people to take on key leadership roles within your company, the time to start is now. ...
  37. A Step-By-Step Guide for Opening an IRA

    Tax time is just around the corner. Remember: It’s never too soon, or too late, to open an IRA. You’ll save on taxes – and ...
  38. Should I Invest in ETFs During My Retirement?

    ETFs are appropriate investments for your post-retirement portfolio, but it’s important to get trusted professional advice ...
  39. Is Amazon Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (AMZN)

    Learn more about traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, and discover three specific reasons why Amazon is suitable for a traditional ...
  40. Does Vanguard have a 401(K) Plan Suitable for a Small Business?

    Learn about the Vanguard Group's new 401(k) product for small businesses and how they've tailored their plan to appeal to ...
  41. When to Intervene in Your Parents' Investments

    Mild cognitive decline can lead to bad investment moves, but spotting it can be tough. Unopened mail and erratic investments ...
  42. Is Schlumberger Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (SLB)

    Learn about Schlumberger as a stock to hold in an IRA. Read about how the stock has a high degree of volatility, but also ...
  43. Is EMC Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (EMC)

    Find out if EMC is suitable for a traditional or Roth IRA. Learn about the impacts of the Dell acquisition, and discover ...
  44. How a Variable Annuity Works After Retirement

    These investments can provide extra income after you retire. Here’s a guide to when and how you will receive the payout.
  45. How a Fixed Annuity Works After Retirement

    These popular investments can provide a steady stream of income during your retirement years. Here are the details.
  46. The Top 3 Retirement Income ETFs for 2016 (PID, HEFA, SCHZ)

    Discover why including ETF investments can benefit an individual's retirement portfolio, and look at three of the best ETFs ...
  47. 5 Social Security Changes to Expect in 2016

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 eliminated some strategies for maximizing your Social Security. Be alert to how these and ...
  48. UBS and Aspiration Launch Sustainable Equity Fund

    The Aspiration Redwood Fund began trading in November 2015 following a March registration for this socially conscious financial ...
  49. Elizabeth Warren: Increase 2016 COLA – Here's How

    True, there's no inflation according to certain price indexes. But is the government using the wrong formula for seniors ...
  50. Charles Schwab’s Top Funds for Retirement Savings

    Here's a list of Schwab’s funds for retirement, intended to make planning, diversification and saving for later in life just ...
  51. Is Starbucks Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (SBUX)

    Find out if Starbucks stock is a suitable investment for an IRA and whether it matches the characteristics ideal for a traditional ...
  52. Is a Vanguard SEP IRA Account Right for You?

    Learn about the SEP IRA offered by Vanguard and why it is one of the best SEP products available, including why it's a good ...
  53. Is Wal-Mart Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (WMT)

    Find out if shares of Wal-Mart are suitable for an IRA, and whether Wal-Mart shares are more appropriate for a traditional ...
  54. Is Advanced Micro Devices Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (AMD)

    Find out if AMD stock is suitable for an IRA. Learn about the company's fundamentals and outlook. Is AMD better for a traditional ...
  55. The Hidden Fees in 401(k)s

    Learn about the conspicuously disclosed fees that lurk within your 401(k) investments.
  56. Is Verizon Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (VZ)

    Learn about Verizon's balance sheet strength and future growth strategy. Discover why the stock makes an ideal core holding ...
  57. These are John Hancock’s Top Funds for Retirement

    John Hancock's fund lineup is vast, so here's a quick primer on what could be its best funds for your retirement portfolio. ...
  58. How Secure Is Social Security?  

    Social Security is nowhere near bankruptcy. Even if there is no fix in the next 20 years, reduced benefits could be paid ...
  59. What Is a Good 401(k) Match?

    The most common employer match is 50 cents on the dollar of up to 6% of your salary. In most cases you should contribute ...
  60. Aspiration Targets Socially-conscious Consumers (UBS)

    Conscious consumers seek companies that demonstrate corporate social responsibility. Aspiration introduces a new investment ...
  61. Funding Your IRA vs. Your Roth IRA, Which First?

    The answer depends on where you are in your career and personal life each year. Here are some scenarios and rules to think ...
  62. How Is Social Security Disability Calculated?

    When it comes to qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance, you either do or you don’t. Here's how to find out ...
  63. Buying Annuities in a Low Interest Rate World

    Learn if buying an annuity makes sense in a low interest rate environment. Also discover the different types of annuities ...
  64. Sometimes It Pays to Borrow from Your 401(k)

    401(k) loans have been demonized, but they're often the most beneficial source of cash.
  65. 4 Roth IRAs with the Lowest Expense Ratios (SCHB, VTI)

    Discover why funds with low expense ratios are important for retirement portfolios, and find out about some of the lowest ...
  66. Roth 401(k), 403(b): Which Is Right for You?

    Learn how to decide between a traditional or Roth version of the 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b) retirement plans to help you build ...
  67. Is the New myRA Plan Right for You?

    The new myRA accounts seem to deliver on their promise of being “simple, safe and affordable.” Just be prepared for paltry ...
  68. Using Your IRA to Pay off Credit Card Debt

    Cashing in an IRA to deal with outstanding credit card balances may not be the best way, but sometimes it's the best available ...
  69. Using Your IRA to Buy Investment Property

    Explain how to use an IRA account to buy investment property.
  70. Should Social Security Be Privatized? An Unbiased Review

    The idea of controlling your own retirement money is one that continues to hold appeal for a large segment of voters.
  71. Is Netflix Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (NFLX)

    Learn about the risks of Netflix's business plan and long-term corporate strategy, and see if the stock's risk/reward profile ...
  72. ETFs Vs. Mutual Funds: Choosing For Your Retirement

    Learn about the difference between using mutual funds versus ETFs for retirement, including which investment strategies and ...
  73. The 8 Most Popular Vanguard Funds for a 401(k)

    Learn about some of the mutual funds in Vanguard's lineup that are popular among 401(k) investors, and find out why you should ...
  74. Is Caterpillar Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA?

    Learn about Caterpillar's suitability for a retirement portfolio. Does CAT have long-term viability? Find out if CAT is better ...
  75. How to Fix an Error on Your Social Security Check

    For many seniors, social security benefits checks are their income stream which means the benefit has to be correct. If you ...
  76. What Happens to a 401(k) After You Leave Your Job?

    Find out what happens to your 401(k) after you leave your job. Learn about your five primary options, including cashing out ...
  77. How 401(k) Matching Works

    Find out how employer matching of your 401(k) contributions works, including how employer contributions are calculated and ...
  78. Best 3 Vanguard Mutual Funds for Retirement

    Discover the top Vanguard target-date retirement funds with target dates in 2020, 2030 and 2050, and learn about the characteristics ...
  79. Is Berkshire Hathaway Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (BRK.B, BRK.A)

    Discover how Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is structured and if the company is appropriate for individual retirement ...
  80. Rolling Over Your 401(k) in Times Of Volatility

    Learn the risks that come with rolling over a 401(k) in times of market volatility, and discover strategies that you can ...
  81. Empty Nesters: Plan to Save When the Kids Leave

    Finally...your intensive parenting days are over and your budget is a little more flush. It’s time to focus on where that ...
  82. Best Ways to Protect Your IRA in Times of Volatility

    Discover the best tips and tricks available to retirees to protect their individual retirement plans and ensure a sustainable ...
  83. 4 Things to Know Before Rolling Over to a Vanguard IRA

    Learn about Vanguard's IRA rollover process and discover what paperwork, fees and other considerations apply when moving ...
  84. Americans Are Living Longer, but Social Security Is Not Catching Up

    Find out how Social Security really works, why the system is in trouble and whether retirees are simply living too long for ...
  85. How Yearly Taxes on 401(k) Accounts Work

    Learn how your contributions to traditional or Roth 401(k) accounts are taxed, either in the year of contributions or at ...
  86. How To Make Catch-Up Contributions To Your 401(k)

    Whether you're a tortoise or a hare, once you've turned 50, you can boost your 401(k) savings rate.
  87. Is Qualcomm Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (QCOM)

    Find out if Qualcomm stock is an appropriate retirement investment based on stability and valuation. Is QCOM more suitable ...
  88. 5 Reasons You Should Take Advantage of 401(k) Catch-ups

    Most Americans don't have a enough saved for retirement, but when they turn 50, they have a second chance thanks to the 4 ...
  89. Social Security Depletion: Is The Fear Justified?

    There are a number of reasons why concerns over Social Security depletion have emerged, but there are ways you can prepare ...
  90. Are Annuities Retirement-Only Investments?

    Learn more about why annuities are generally purchased and the way that they can positively and negatively affect an individual ...
  91. Can You Use Your IRA to Buy a House?

    If you're a first-time homebuyer (a term that's defined more flexibly than you think), you can tap your IRA to help with ...
  92. Using Your IRA to Pay for Your Kid's College

    You can raid your retirement account to pay for your child's college education – but should you?
  93. How to Cure an Ailing 401(k)

    High-cost, outdated plans can keep your retirement portfolio from thriving. Here's what to do – and the 2015 Supreme Court ...
  94. Petrobras Impact on the Brazilian Economy

    How the Petrobas scandal has shaken the Brazilian economy.
  95. Are You Picking the Right 401(k) Funds?

    Learn how to get the right mix of funds for your age, how to identify the best funds offered in your 401(k) plan and red ...
  96. Best Ways to Contact the Social Security Administration

    Navigating the thousands of rules that govern Social Security benefits can be difficult. Thankfully, the Social Security ...
  97. Is Zynga Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (ZNGA)

    Find out if Zynga is a suitable investment for an IRA. Learn about Zynga's long-term prospects. Is Zynga more appropriate ...
  98. Common IRA Rollover Mistakes

    Avoid paying excess taxes by learning some simple transfer rules.
  99. Generate Income For Retirement with Real Estate

    Learn whether rental income is compatible with your lifestyle, how to identify suitable properties, common pitfalls to avoid ...
  100. Can Your 401(k) Impact Your Social Security Benefits?

    Find out why income from a 401(k) does not affect the amount of your Social Security benefits, but how it can impact your ...
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